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9 April 2019

A large number of films from the Netherlands have been selected for the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF). The festival takes place 13-20 April.

Tehran, City of Love, the minority Dutch co-production directed by Ali Jaberansari and co-produced by Amsterdam-based Viking Films, has been selected for the Tiantan Award, the festival’s main competition. The film world premiered at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival and also screened in competition at among others the international festivals of Rotterdam and Sofia. In Tehran, City of Love, three disenchanted characters, an ex-champion bodybuilder, an overweight beauty clinic secretary, and a religious singer yearn for love.

BJIFF’s Panorama: The Belt and Road section includes a special Dutch children’s film programme. Four of the most successful recent Dutch films for kids and family are presented: The Amazing Wiplala, directed by Tim Oliehoek (produced by BosBros), My Giraffe by Barbara Bredero (produced by Lemming Film), Mr. Frog by Anna van der Heide (produced by BosBros) and Master Spy by Pieter van Rijn (produced by PV Pictures). All four titles have done very well at the international festivals, have won awards and are great examples of the outstanding children’s films the Dutch film industry is known for.

Two minority Dutch co-productions have been selected for Panorama: Vision. Lukas Dhont’s debut feature Girl (NL co-producer: Topkapi Films) had its world premiere at Cannes where it won four prizes, including the Golden Camera award, Queer Palm award, Un Certain Regard Award and the FIPRESCI Prize. The film also received a nomination for the Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language category at the 2019 Golden Globes. Girl shows us the story of trans-girl Lara, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina.

Rojo by the Argentinean Benjamín Naishtat (NL co-producer: Viking Film), a festival favourite since its world premiere at Toronto, is set in Argentina in the 1970s. When unprecedented political violence breaks out some people find the perfect environment in which to hide their terrible deeds.

 


For more information:


Beijing International Film Festival
- www.bjiff.com/enHome

Tehran, City of Love
Viking Film
marleen@vikingfilm.nl
www.vikingfilm.nl
Sales: Reel Suspects

info@reelsuspects.com
www.reelsuspects.com

The Amazing Wiplala
BosBros
info@bosbros.com
www.bosbros.com
Sales: Attraction Distribution
info@attractiondistribution.ca
www.attractiondistribution.ca

My Giraffe

Lemming Film
info@lemmingfilm.com
www.lemmingfilm.com
Sales: Attraction Distrbution
xiao@attraction.ca
www.attractiondistribution.ca

Mr. Frog
BosBros
info@bosbros.com
www.bosbros.com
Sales: Attraction Distribution
xiao@attraction.ca
www.attractiondistribution.ca

Master Spy
PV Pictures
mail@pvpictures.nl
www.pvpictures.nl
Sales: Incredible Film
danielle@incrediblefilm.nl
www.incrediblefilm.com

Girl

Topkaki Films
info@topkapifilms.nl
www.topkapifilms.nl
Sales: The Match Factory
info@matchfactory.de
www.the-match-factory.com

Rojo
Viking Film
marleen@vikingfilm.nl
www.vikingfilm.nl
Sales: Luxbox
festivals@luxboxfilms.com
www.luxboxfilms.com

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